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Director Offers Update On Arsenal’s Pursuit Of £30m International Star

Freiburg sporting director Kelmens Hartenbach insists he’s heard nothing from Arsenal despite reports of a potential £30m swoop for Caglar Soyuncu

The summer transfer window is in full swing and managers are working hard on their transfer targets so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. Today, the latest on Arsenal’s pursuit of Caglar Soyuncu…


Freiburg sporting director Kelmens Hartenbach insists he’s heard nothing from Arsenal despite reports of a potential £30m swoop for Caglar Soyuncu, according to quotes in the Express.

Soyuncu has developed in to one of the most promising defenders in German football since joining Freiburg from Altinordu in 2016 and he’s also established himself as a regular with the senior Turkish national team with 15 caps to his name so far.

The 22-year-old’s potential has reportedly caught the attention of Arsenal with widespread reports throughout the summer suggesting we’ve been showing a keen interest in signing the central defender.

Unai Emery has already strengthened his defensive options with the arrivals of centre-back Sokratis and right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner but the boss is being tipped to bring in another option with Per Mertesacker retired and Laurent Koscielny facing months out through injury.

Soyuncu has been touted as a prime target with the Daily Star suggesting in June that a £30m deal could be in the pipeline and the player admitted last month that he was desperate to secure a move to the Emirates as he’s keen to play in the Premier League.

The defender was quoted as saying last month by Turkish newspaper Gunes:

“I hope I go to Arsenal. I really want to play in the Premier League, but everything depends on the team.”

“I go to Arsenal. I want to play there, but everything is connected. Because I have a contract for 3 more years.”


The president of Soyuncu’s former club Altinordu suggested that a move to Arsenal is on the cards this summer while the players agent has also talked-up the possibility of a transfer after suggesting several times in recent months that talks are underway.

However, Freiburg sporting director Klemens Hartenbach insists they are yet to receive a formal approach from Arsenal and are planning for the centre-back to be a part of their squad this season.

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Hartenbach is quoted by the Express as saying:

“Arsenal have never approached us. We assume that Soyuncu plays with us next year.”

So it seems talk of Soyuncu coming to Arsenal may be a little premature and I personally think Emery will give Calum Chambers and Rob Holding a chance to establish themselves before spending circa £30m on another defender.

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  1. umar

    July 31, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    ple Emery we need a winger first before going to look for another defender

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